Aldous Harding – “Blend” Video

In Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Apocalypse Now, there’s a phantasmagorical, iconic scene where the movie’s soldiers suddenly find themselves out of the chaos of the jungle and at a USO show, where a trio of Playboy Playmates emerge from a helicopter and spend a few minutes dancing for the troops before a riot breaks out. In the new video for her song “Blend,” the New Zealand singer/songwriter Aldous Harding references that scene, dressing in the lead Playmates cowboy-bikini gear and doing the same sorts of herky-jerk go-go dances. The difference is that with the blank white background and the sparse beauty of Harding’s songs, the spectacle becomes even more eerie and unearthly. Charlotte Evans, who also helmed Harding’s “Imagining My Man” video, directs. Check it out below, along with that original Apocalypse Now scene.

Harding’s album Party is out 5/19 on 4AD/Flying Nun.